Geoff Bagnall has been selected by R4U for the Uttlesford District Council 2019 local elections. He is a Takeley Parish Councillor and Vice Chair since 2011. Geoff is committed to creating greater local community involvement in shaping the future of Uttlesford. He stood as an independent candidate in 2015. He joined R4U in 2019 and was elected to Uttlesford District Council for Takeley ward.
“I believe we need local representation at Uttlesford rather than the mainstream political parties if we are to secure the proper future for our communities. There is great support for local decisions on the doorstep.” Geoff Bagnall
Geoff Bagnall moved to Takeley in 2009 and since then has been actively involved with the Parish Council.
He says “I am absolutely convinced that we need strong representation at a local level to ensure we are able to build the community in the right way. I believe we need it to be LOCAL representation at Uttlesford District Council rather than the mainstream political parties if we are to secure the proper future for our communities.”
Geoff has spent his career in the banking and finance sector. During that time he has held various roles, most of which have required him to look at making improvements to processes and implement organisational change. He says “To help me achieve success in these roles, one of the key capabilities has been the ability to communicate and drive consensus across teams, as that’s the way you get things done. To do that I have built up a large network of relationships, which you need to work through complex problems with a number of stakeholders.”
These core skills of communication and network building will stand Geoff in good stead to help resolve the many issues at Uttlesford District Council and Essex County Council.
Locally he is particularly keen to ensure that planning decisions are taken for the benefit of the district as a whole, and that they include all infrastructure provisioning at the same time, for example, schools, medical centres, roads and utilities. He said he remembers once asking Conservative Dunmow Councillor Vic Ranger about the lack of school places when planning decisions were made at Uttlesford District Council. Geoff said “Cllr Ranger replied that schools are the responsibility of Essex not Uttlesford”. Geoff says he disagrees and believes that responsibly cannot be shirked. He believes that things like school places should be “very much part of planning decision making and that deciding in isolation is to the detriment of existing communities.”